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Free Speech
by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Brazil’s lower house of Congress is considering a bill that would double penalties for libel and defamatory speech when they occur online, and dissolve protections for communications privacy in criminal investigations. The bill has a […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Mahsa Alimardani

“The Internet environment is like a raging river full of water, and the water keeps on brimming and roaring. If we devise a plan for this river, and can direct it as we wish to a dam, we can create opportunities out of it. But if we leave it, and do not devise plans for […] more »

Free Speech
by Jefferson Yen

It’s been a rough month for Sony. Especially for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s chair Amy Pascal. Following terrorist threats from the hacking group “Guardians of Peace,” the studio has pulled its film “The Interview” from theaters. At the center of all this is a hacker group calling themselves the “Guardians of Peace.” But who exactly are […] more »

by Alexa Capeloto

In almost any city you can read your local leaders’ emails if you formally ask for them. In Gainesville, Fla., all you have to do is go here. In most states you can find out how tax dollars are being spent if you officially request expenditure records. In Wisconsin, you just click here. For the […] more »

Legal Drama
by Alexander Howard

While it has often been derided as a do-nothing Congress, the 113th session of the legislative body of the United States of America may end up being the best for enacting open government laws in decades. After passing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) of 2013 (S.994), a historic open government data bill that President Obama signed into […] more »

by Simon Owens

After his firing from CNN, Chez Pazienza spent several years adrift, unable to find steady work. In 2008, Pazienza, then a producer for CNN’s “American Morning,” was called into the office of his boss and, as he recounted later, informed that his name had been “attached to some, uh, ‘opinionated’ blog posts.” Unbeknownst to his superiors until […] more »

by Lane Becker

This guest post from Code For America’s Lane Becker also appeared on The Hill. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Government’s ability to keep pace with our digital society is hindered by legacy regulation and archaic procurement practices that have grown around it. Citizens regularly encounter elegant, easy-to-use technologies in almost every aspect of […] more »

by Megan Fromm

Like many journalism educators, I spend a significant amount of time in my classes drawing what I hope is an unimpeachable link between journalism at its finest and democracy at its purest. I quote James Madison (in faux Colonial voice, no less), we read Cato’s letters, and my students learn what “watchdog” and the “Fourth […] more »

Global View
by Sonia Paul

A new national survey by the Pew Research Center released this week found that social media platforms and mobile phones are playing increasingly important roles in how people are accessing information about politics and election news. Compared to the 2010 midterm elections, the percentage of people who are using their phones this year to track […] more »

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